The Japanese foreign Ministry: 2016 is the best time for Putin’s visit

The Japanese foreign Ministry: 2016 is the best time for Putin’s visit


The President of Russia Vladimir Putin to visit Tokyo before the end of the year, said the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan Yasuhisa Kawamura.

ANTALYA, 16 Nov. Tatyana Kalmykova. Japan has not yet sent an official invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Tokyo, said in an interview with the official representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan Yasuhisa Kawamura.

“As for a possible visit by Putin to Japan, we would like to explore the time taking into account various elements, including taking into account preparatory work. Among the most likely possibilities to visit next year. But I’m not saying that we have fixed a date. We explore the possibilities”, — said the Agency interlocutor.

The diplomat noted that “a formal invitation — it is a question of diplomatic procedures and formalities”. “When both parties agree on time, after these preparatory works will be time for formalities and send the invitation”, said Kawamura.

At the same time, he noted that hope on Putin’s visit before the end of this year “remains”.

The visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tokyo was originally scheduled for the fall of 2014, but did not take place due to the complications of the international situation in connection with crisis in Ukraine. After that, the dates of the visit have been postponed to 2015.

On the relations between the two countries affect Japan’s accession to sanctions against Russia in connection with crisis in Ukraine, and the situation with the visits of high-ranking Russian officials to the Kuril Islands, which are always very sensitive in Tokyo.